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Chief Technology Officer

Agile Space

Agile Space

Software Engineering, IT
Durango, CO, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Company & Mission:

Located in Durango, CO, (Headquarters) and Mount Pleasant, PA (Additive Manufacturing Center) Agile Space Industries, Inc. (AGILE) designs, builds, and tests in-space propulsion systems for satellites and spacecraft. AGILE uses state of the art 3D metal alloy printing techniques to rapidly design, manufacture, and test new engine designs in our purpose-built propulsion test facility. With over a decade of experience testing rocket engines, and engineers who have worked at industry leaders like Blue Origin, SpaceX, NASA, and Rocketdyne, AGILE is a rapidly growing company with many exciting Defense, Civil and Commercial programs.

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Primary Responsibilities:

Strategic/Business Development:

  • Mentor and grow an industry leading propulsion engineering team, expanding technical capability and technical prowess.
  • Foster and maintain a productive engineering culture.
  • Develop and evangelize Agile’s Technology Roadmap, internally and externally, creating a clear technical vision, focusing and inspiring Agile’s staff and creating a compelling product offering to position Agile to achieve its strategic objectives.
  • Support the business development process by ensuring convergence on the best technical baseline and programmatic solution (or no-bid decision) for each opportunity and a sufficient engineering definition.
  • Responsibility for the prioritization, budgeting, and planning of Internal Research and Development (IRAD) investments. Together with the COO, support execution of specific IRAD projects and initiatives.
  • Support the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with return on investment (ROI) analysis for the business area’s strategic products, programs, and IRAD
  • With the CEO and CCO, identify and support the pursuit of new technology funding opportunities with government customers and strategic partners.
  • Assess market information, projections, shifts, and competition in coordination with CCO and CEO
  • Support CCO in the formulation and maintenance of product and services marketing collateral.
  • Support the BD Team with technical support for white papers, RFIs, and RFPs, including Cost, Schedule and Risk review
  • In coordination with the rest of the executive team, provide internal and external thought leadership for Agile staff and the wider industry supporting and generating social media, technical papers, white papers and articles.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with academic, government, and industry technical thought leaders and partners.


  • Maintain oversight of all technical matters in support of products and services
  • Provide oversight of independent programs peer reviews for key program milestones (SRR, PDR, CDR, IRR, etc.) for customer and IRAD programs
  • Similar to the technology and product road-mapping, work with the COO and CCO to maintain product life cycle plans driving such decisions as continued project support investment and retirement.
  • Refine and manage Agile’s product definition and technical requirements process from proposal creation through product delivery
  • Champion and chair the Technical Risk Management Program and strive to drive Agile’s quality system ethos of speed and continuous improvement throughout all business functions.
  • Oversee Agile intellectual property, creating and maintaining the IP strategy, prioritization, process, preparation and submission.
  • Identify and pursue, in coordination with COO and CCO, potential infrastructure and product support initiatives from federal and state governments
  • Attend and support the quarterly ASI Board of Director meetings
  • Influence IT, cyber and digital infrastructure requirements for Agile and have ultimate responsibility for ongoing digital transformation and exploit of new capabilities.
  • Select and manage Agile’s external technical advisors and consultants



  • Master’s degree in Engineering, Science, or related field (Note: Bachelors’ Degree and relative work experience may substitute for required education.)
  • 20 years’ experience in aerospace industry, NASA, DoD, or other government agencies in the space domain with accompanying wide contact network.
  • Specific experience with propulsion technologies
  • Experience with commercial and government contracting
  • Broad knowledge of Engineering, Quality Assurance, Safety, Manufacturing, Testing, Operations, and Business Development
  • Experience managing space flight hardware programs
  • Frequent and experienced speaker at aerospace conferences
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance


  • Experience with chemical propulsion product and/or systems
  • PhD in Engineering, Science, or related technology field
  • Experience in obtaining and holding technical patents
  • Experience leading an engineering organization
  • Experience developing engineering processes, systems, and tools
  • Experience with design, fabrication, test, and operation of chemical propulsion
  • Experience with additive manufacturing
  • Experience with start-ups and commercial financing
  • Current Security Clearance

Location & Travel Requirements:

The ideal candidate would be permanently located in Durango, CO but hybrid arrangements with an ability and willingness to travel regularly to Durango and to customers, meetings etc. will be considered.

Salary Range: $175,000 - $250,000

Eligibility for bonuses and company equity depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or temporary status. Contact HR for more information on the specific benefits offered.

Employment Type: Full-Time

Closing Date: 03/01/2024

Location: Negotiable; Company Headquarters located in Durango, CO; Remote or satellite capacity may be considered.

The salary ranges provided in this job posting are indicative and may be adjusted for individual candidates commensurate with experience or technical capabilities. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee's salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

AGILE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

  • Please note that if the position is covered by federal international trade regulations, it is a requirement of the position that the individual be eligible to obtain any required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.